Oilers star netminder Nikolai Khabibulin may be out for season

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin could be done for the season.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Jakub Voracek (93) of Czech Republic scores the winning goal against Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin of Russia in a shootout period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus

Columbus Blue Jackets' Jakub Voracek (93) of Czech Republic scores the winning goal against Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin of Russia in a shootout period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus

EDMONTON — Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin could be done for the season.

The team announced Wednesday that the 37-year-old will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. The procedure is scheduled for Thursday in Los Angeles.

The Oilers didn’t provide a specific timeline for his recovery, saying only that he’s “out indefinitely.” Khabibulin’s agent Jay Grossman says the goalie will need 12 weeks to recover from surgery, leaving him a narrow window to try and return during the regular season.

Khabibulin hasn’t played since a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on Nov. 16. In 18 games this season, he had a 7-9-2 record, 3.03 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

Khabibulin signed a US$15-million, four-year contract with Edmonton over the summer.